The festive season is just round the corner and will begin in Farnham on Saturday 19 November when we switch on the Christmas lights.
We are delighted to welcome our guest of honour the Paralympic gold medal winner Rachel Morris. We are very proud of her achievements and are so pleased she is able to join us to mark the start of our festive celebrations.
We have many events planned for December and hopefully you will have received a Christmas postcard through your door to inform you about what is happening. These were posted to every household earlier this month. We do hope to see you at one or two of our events.
Although events play a big part in the activity of Farnham Town Council, there are many different aspects to our business. For example, did you know that we have a pot of money worth over £50,000 for grants to community organisations? If you are seeking funding for a particular project, be sure to check out our grants scheme.
We hope you enjoy Farnham’s lights, which will cover even more of Farnham this year.
We look forward to seeing you at the switch-on.
Christmas lights switch-on
Come down to Farnham this Saturday for the Christmas lights switch-on. Our guest of honour is the Paralympic gold medal winner Rachel Morris. The fun begins at 1pm on Gostrey Meadow. The lights will be switched on at 4.30pm.
On Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, Farnham joined together to remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. At the main service, over 1,000 people took part. On 11 November, we were delighted that HM Lord Lieutenant Michael More–Molyneux and his wife Sarah were able to join representatives of the Royal British Legion, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and 14 local schools for the formal Armistice Day event.
Avoid the supermarket queues by pre-ordering your Christmas goodies at the Farmers’ Market on Sunday 27 November. You will be able to pick up your order from the December market on Sunday 11 December.
The market takes place every month between 10am and 1.30pm in Central car park.
Come to Farnham for a day of entertainment and free parking. As part of Small Business Saturday, parking will be free from 10am on 3 December in all Waverley-owned car parks. There will be a very festive atmosphere in town along with music and some fun activities in the Lion and Lamb Yard and elsewhere. Make the most of this great incentive to shop locally this Christmas.
There’s no need to go any further than Farnham for this year’s Christmas shopping. We pride ourselves on the wide variety of national High Street brands as well as independent traders such as a department store, clothes shops, a lingerie store, outdoor clothing and travel shop as well as gift shops, a cycle store, a traditional sweet shop, record store and specialist guitar shop.
This year’s Civic Christmas carol concert takes place on Thursday 8 December at the Farnham United Reformed Church, South Street. The traditional service will include carols, five lessons and performances by the highly acclaimed Farnham Youth Choir.
Half the tickets will be allocated via a ballot in the Farnham Herald and the remaining half will be allocated to volunteers from local organisations.
To enter the ballot, pick up a copy of the Farnham Herald on 26 November and return the coupon to the Farnham Herald offices. A second coupon will appear in the Farnham Herald on 2 December.
For unusual gifts that cannot be found in large town High Streets, come to Farnham’s Christmas market on Sunday 11 December between 10am and 4pm.
The free al fresco shopping event will see some 200 stalls in Castle Street, Central car park and the Bush Hotel.
2016 has been a marvellous year for Farnham in Bloom with the community scooping up a total of 12 awards at Britain in Bloom and South and South East in Bloom. To close the most successful Farnham in Bloom year to date, a Winter Celebration will be held on Sunday 18 December at Gostrey Meadow between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Are you part of an organisation that is seeking funding? There are just a few days left to apply for a community grant.
Do you know somebody who is passionate about what they do and makes a difference to the lives of people living in or around Farnham? If so, please nominate them for a Services to Farnham Award. The deadline for submitting your entry is Monday 5 December.
In October, 59 Farnham businesses volunteered to take part in an anonymous customer service review. Service experts carried out the survey and the results were:
90% achieved ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ ratings
Thirteen businesses received special recognition for their service excellence
Preferred Travel scored a fantastic 100%. The mystery shopper said: ‘There was nothing negative about my visit; both staff members were really helpful and friendly. I would definitely return’.
The exercise was sponsored by Farnham Town Council, Waverley Borough Council and Specsavers and was open to all businesses in Farnham town centre.